Matthew gives a voice to those too young to vote in Kent

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2017 - 10:38 PM

As part of his commitment to engage with all of Kent and Medway’s diverse communities, the Police and Crime Commissioner has been out-and-about chatting to some of the county’s 550,000 young people.


Speaking during half term, Matthew Scott said: "Last year I held a Youth Forum where representatives of youth organisations were able to come to Police Headquarters and challenge me on community safety issues.


Matthew Scott talking to pupils at Oakwood Park Grammar School


"I’ve also funded a number of projects that help keep young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour including the Kent Police Volunteer Police Cadets units.

"Since the New Year, I've been doing even more and am keen that I am seen to be doing this myself rather than abdicating responsibility. I want to support the vast majority of young people who are good citizens. They have unique perspectives and they often ask the best and most challenging questions.

"For example, a sixth former at Oakwood Park Grammar raised the issue of stop and search at one of my Question Time events. This is a very sensitive area of policing, particularly in the minds of young people, and one which I hold the Chief Constable to account for so it was great to hear the students’ views."

Mr Scott’s newly-styled Question Time events see him out and about regularly engaging with the public and partners.

Already this year, he has met with young people from, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Maidstone, Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham, Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School in Rochester. Towers School, Kennington, Medway Children in Care Council, at Medway Police Station and 39 primary schools from across Kent, on Safer Internet Day.

Mr Scott added: "PCCs have the ability to communicate with harder to reach groups and support those who might feel left out, are disenfranchised or cannot vote at all due to their age.

"The results of my consultation last year showed that young people, like all age groups, prioritise cutting crime and antisocial behaviour but also that they have particular concerns around things like gang-related crime and knife crime.


"Targeted initiatives like the Reform Restore Respect talks in schools, which I have helped fund, go some way to tackling these age-specific issues."

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